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 Forestry Service Specialist Senior - Bremerton, Washington, United States

Job information
Posted by: City of Bremerton 
Hiring entity type: Other 
Work authorization: Existing work authorization required for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Other
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: yETx2gvdQZLMZx8ax0Fl8KQtF9HsYf / Latpro-3787221 
Date posted: Apr-22-2021
State, Zip: Washington, 98337


CITY OF BREMERTON invites applications for the position of:

Forestry Service Specialist Senior

SALARY: $28.88 - $34.00 Hourly

OPENING DATE: 04/20/21

CLOSING DATE: 05/05/21 05:00 PM


Under general direction of the Forestry Service Specialist Supervisor operates specialized heavy equipment and performs maintenance and repair work to assure smooth operation of City owned forest lands.  Assists in forestry related operations such as road construction, plantation maintenance, water quality issues and biosolids operations.  


  • Performs general and technical forestry tasks both independently and with other employees. 
  • Operates equipment and tools for road maintenance, timber harvest location and plantation maintenance. 
  • Assists the Forestry supervisor with maintaining the 8,400-acre watershed (tree farm), timber harvest, revenue generation. 
  • Assists Forestry supervisor with technical forestry projects; timber harvest (logging) field layout in conjunction with following FPA regulations, traversing section lines and property lines & timber polygons, reforestation, plantation maintenance, timber inventory data, construction projects, contract compliance, dangerous tree removal, and Wildfire Management Guidelines Plan. 
  • Protects water quality in the Union River Basin by monitoring sensitive areas for erosion and road and bridge surface condition.  Removes storm debris to maintain free flowing water through ditches and culverts. Ensures BMP'S are in place and being followed for roads throughout the year. 
  • Implements road maintenance and construction projects for 60+ miles of forest roads (layout, culvert installations, resurfacing, grading, erosion controls and brush control mechanical and chemical applications). 
  • Assists in managing the Forest Enhancement Program to maintain 100% utilization of biosolids on City of Bremerton application land. Completes monthly biosolid application record by area.   
  • Assists with the maintenance of approximately 25 miles of biosolid trails, including cutting trails and spraying for invasive species.  
  • Operates equipment (grader, dump truck, brusher, excavator, backhoe, front loader, etc.) to maintain the application area trails by pulling ditches and grading road surfaces, applying rock where necessary, spraying sides of road, laying rock for the ramp and ponds, layout and construct roads in new application areas.  
  • Maintains and operates biosolid applicator truck, performs pre-check, greases fans and belts, tests for debris to prevent catastrophic failure. 
  • Troubleshoots and schedules repair of equipment breakdowns, and transports equipment to Oyster Bay facility.  
  • Assists Bremerton Police Department with maintaining security of the Watershed. Manages and monitors game cameras, document trespasses and report. Documents illegal trails, and mitigate. Investigates and reports suspicious activity to authorities. 
  • Maintains the wildlife program to lessen damage to timber stands and plantations.  Monitors and reports beaver activity and bear damage. Coordinates annual bear food delivery. Prepares bear feeding stations, monitors bear activity and places feeders in appropriate areas. Monitors and places food in feeding stations once to twice a week depending on activity. Documents bear feeding station use for possible relocation.  
  • Fire suppression (reporting, fire response and use of equipment under direction of the Supervisor, Manager, Bremerton Fire and DNR). This may entail operating dozer, water truck, cutting in roads for fire containment, and fire watch. 
  • Operates and maintains power tools and small hand tools for plantation maintenance including reforestation, brush control, and pruning. Applies herbicides to plantation and roadsides. 
  • Other projects such as: clearing property for utility pump sites, educational presentations to school groups and others. Coordinate and assist with Annual Fishing Day with the Pogeys.  
  • Trains other employees in the safe operation of equipment. 
  • Works with the tribe on the fish rearing program.

Other Duties

  • Regular attendance is an essential requirement
  • Performs related work as assigned and/or required


Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a High school diploma or G.E.D. and 2 years’ experience in forest environment or related field, public works, street, utilities, park with construction of heavy equipment operation.  

Special Requirements:

  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a valid CDL Class A Combination with tanker endorsements within one year of employment.  
  • Possession of or ability to obtain within 12 months a valid DNR Blue Card Certificate for Fire Suppression.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain within 6 months a valid Washington State Department of Agriculture Pesticide License.
  • Flagger card, First Aid, confined space entry & CPR certifications. (Training will be provided by the City.)

Knowledge of:  

  • City policies and procedures.
  • Washington State Forest Practice Acts Regulations, Biosolids – Federal, State, and Local regulations.
  • Forestry (plantation maintenance, traversing/GPS, timber sale layout, reforestation).  
  • Operating heavy equipment (grader, excavator, roadside brusher, backhoe, dump trucks, biosolid application truck, loader, dozer, compactor, fire brush engine, fire suppression equipment) efficiently and safely.
  • Fire suppression reporting, fire line construction and response. 
  • Herbicides and calibrating application rates. 
  • Drainage and erosion control. 
  • Stream crossing structures, road building materials and road maintenance and construction.
  • Computer programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, TEAMS, ArcView GIS software, mapping software, data management, and specific programs related to forestry operations and maintenance.
  • Personal safety equipment (PPE).
  • When, where and how to apply biosolids. 

Ability to:  

  • Operate complex equipment including backhoes, excavators, loaders, grader, brusher, biosolid application equipment, dump trucks, chipper, scat trax, and hand operated power tools. 
  • Interpret and use maps and aerial photos including reading technical information and apply that information in a workable situation.
  • Create and use complex mathematical equations for forestry applications and biosolids data analysis.
  • Coordinate the different flagging or spray paint associated with streams, timber harvest boundaries, roads and other forest practice activities and other tasks.
  • Use computer software to generate forms.
  • The ability to foster positive, productive working relationships with both internal employees/customers and external customers. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.


Applicants can apply on-line at, or application packets may be obtained from the Human Resources Department, Cobweb, or by calling (360) 473-5348.

Required Application Materials:  City application and personal résumé are required. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.  Required application materials must be returned to the Human Resources Office by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.  The City of Bremerton is NOT responsible for errors of any kind with faxed or e-mailed application packets.  Original signature is required on paper application forms.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to carefully list all pertinent experience and training.

Appraisal of Experience and Education/Training:  At this initial review, application packets may be evaluated entirely on the basis of information you provided in the completed City application form. Applicants should include all relevant information on the City application.  Applicant’s education, training, and experience will be assessed.  The passing score is 70%.  The top qualifying candidates will be invited to participate further in the examination process.  Meeting or exceeding qualifications does not guarantee the applicant will be invited to participate in the oral examination process.

Oral Examination:  A panel will evaluate the applicant’s training, experience, and ability to perform the job. Placement on the eligibility list is determined by weighted examination scores as follows:

  • Appraisal of application packet regarding Experience and Education/Training -
  • Passing Score 70% - Weight 40%
  • Oral Examination - Passing Score 70% - Weight 60%
  • Applicants must achieve a score of 70% or better on each portion of the exam in order to be placed on the hiring list.

NOTE TO APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES:  Applicants with disabilities who will need special accommodation for examination must advise Human Resources no later than one (1) week prior to the scheduled examination so that appropriate arrangements can be made. (360) 473-5348.


Fair Labor Standards Act: The classification is non-exempt under the laws of Fair Labor Standards Act minimum wage and overtime provisions.

Representation: The classification is included in the bargaining unit pursuant to the Recognition Article of the current labor agreement between the City of Bremerton and the Teamsters Local 589.

Civil Service: The classification is excluded from the City's Civil Service System.

Appointment and Removal Authority: The position is filled by appointment by the Department Head. Removal is by action of the Department Head in conformance with Human Resources Policies.

This classification specification does not constitute an employment agreement between the City and employee.  It is subject to change by the City, with the approval of Human Resources, as the needs of the City and requirements change.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
It is the policy of the City of Bremerton to offer equal employment opportunity to all individuals. The City of Bremerton will administer all actions with respect to employment practices in compliance with federal, state and local laws, and will not discriminate in any employment practice on the basis of age (40+), sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation/gender identity, marital status, military status, or the presence of any physical, mental or sensory disability.

ADA Statement
The City of Bremerton does not discriminate on the basis of disability in programs and activities, which it operates pursuant to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and ADA Amendments Act.  This policy extends to both employment and admission to participation in the programs, services and activities of the City of Bremerton.  Reasonable accommodation for employees or applicants for employment will be provided.
The City of Bremerton is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce.

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